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Happiness is Highly Contagious

January 2014

Giving is such a wonderful activity. It’s perfectly clear how a gift blesses the life of the person receiving it. What may not be quite so obvious is how it also blesses the lives of the givers. Often a giver will express how they feel the act of giving has impacted them far more than they think the gift possibly could have helped the one receiving it. In truth, all lives are lightened in the giving process.

Below are some stories of people who have found joy in giving—Philanthropists large and small. Listen to their experiences and discover how they feel that giving is part of the Great Plan of Happiness.

If you would like to share your story, e-mail it to: ShareYourStory@byu.edu

Reminiscing with the Oscarsons

Don & Shirley Oscarson have fond memories of both attending and giving to Brigham Young University. In this film they were given an open mic and asked to “interview each other.” The result was a wonderful glimpse into the lives of two people who have kindled that spark of generosity.


A Conversation with Kay T. Davenport

Kay Davenport is a spunky and feisty senior. Her schedule is jam-packed with plans to help and serve others. Rarely will you find her at home. In 2013 Kay was interviewed by her grandson. “What do you want your grandchildren, and now your great grandchildren to know about you?” Her response is insightful.


Lessons from LeRoy & LaVell Smith

The hardworking farmer LeRoy Smith and his wife LaVell knew how to raise more than just healthy crops. They raised charitable children. They told their sons and daughter early in their lives that they were planning to give their money away. Then they involved them in their perpetual giving plans by establishing a foundation where the children meet each year to decide where those philanthropic funds go. Learn how their legacy of giving has passed from one generation to another.

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